Record spring snowfall in Saskatoon, Canada
Residents experience power outages, dig out from 30 centimeters of snow
Power has been restored for most of Saskatoon and city crews were out in force clearing streets following this weekend’s record-breaking snowfall.
Saskatoon received 30 centimeters (12 inches) of snow, the most of any region between Outlook and Melfort that saw snow over the weekend. The previous records for April 25 and 26 were 9.4 centimeters in 1954 and 7.6 centimeters in 1945 respectively.
WATCH: Record snowfall in Saskatoon.
Heavy wet snow caused homes, businesses and traffic lights in 20 neighbourhoods across the city to lose power over the weekend.
On Saturday, the City of Saskatoon twitter account said there was an issue with the power supply for seven sub-stations, which affected west side neighbourhoods within Circle Drive. The substations were brought back online at 6:35 p.m. restoring power to many neighbourhoods.
By 4:20 a.m. Sunday morning, snow covered branches and power lines caused more power outages throughout the city.
The outage also knocked out the city’s website, phone lines and service alert system (SAS) — a system that notifies residents via text and email of emergencies, power outages, and other situations across the city. The city website came back online at 9 p.m. but during that time Saskatoon Light and Power was unable to issue service alerts.
Communications manager Carla Blumers said the city will work to install more backups for when the SAS goes down.
Brendan Lemke with Saskatoon Light and Power said the final major outage was repaired around noon Sunday. He said crews were moving to secondary locations to service individual homes with power issues and should be done before the end of the day.
Anyone with issues of tree branches on power lines or outages can contact the city at 306-975-2621
Lemke said crews are unsure why the city’s main transmission station and seven sub-stations went down Saturday, but he said they did see the lines galloping.
“(Galloping) means there’s enough build up of ice and snow on a line where it acts like the airfoil or a wing of an airplane and it actually will start to lift as the wind blows across it. So the lines start to move and they can get too close together and then cause an outage that was,” Lemke said, adding crews also saw an insulating material covered in ice and snow that showed signs of arching electricity.
The city did not know the exact number of houses affected by the outage. – News Talk 650.
Blizzard brings over 2 meters (7 feet) of snow to Erzurum, Turkey
Ağrı -Iran Transit Road Closed Due to Snowstorm
Lots of snow on the Silk Pass between Ağrı, Doğubayazıt and Diyadin county causing vehicles to be stuck on the road and forcing closure of roads to the Iranian border, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
A rescue operation was launched for stranded vehicles.
Highway 123 Branch Chief Fuat Öztürk, said in a statement to reporters that the snow came suddenly, due to a heavy blizzard and storm. The Silk Gateway road is closed to traffic of trucks that are caught in the spur because he stated that they wear summer tires.
Reader’s comment: For those who read the original article, translate.google.com translates the name Ağrı into “pain” and tipi into “type”, while tipi also means snowstorm or blizzard.
Of course the MSM does not report this news, but look at the video to see it with your own eyes.
– Ice Age Now.
Spring snowfall in Aberdeenshire, Scotland as temperatures plummet
|Proper snow up at Turriff. © Kirstie Ross|
Snow has hit the North-east today with temperatures in the region dropping below freezing.
The Met Office said Aberdeen will see “flashes” of snow showers throughout tonight.
A yellow warning for ice in Aberdeenshire and Moray was issued this evening and the alert is valid until 7am tomorrow.
And other areas, such as Aboyne, are expected to see the most snowfall.
A Met Office spokesman today said temperatures could drop to as low as -2C (19F) in some parts of rural Aberdeenshire later this evening.
Proper snow up at #Turriff 🙁 this is not fun pic.twitter.com/liAPC4CTde
— Kirstie Ross (@EEkirstie) April 26, 2015
He said: “It’s likely to be hail and sleet in Aberdeen with a few flashes of snow.
“Inland parts of Aberdeenshire above 200 metres can expect wet snow showers.
“There will be a few areas across the North-east below freezing tonight.” – Evening Express.